Types of Male Catheters
Did your doctor inform you that you’d have to start using a male urinary catheter? Get more information on the three main styles of men’s catheters here!
Three Types of Male Intermittent Catheters
Why use male catheters? A thin tube consisting of vinyl, rubber, or silicone is an intermittent catheter inserted to drain the urine through the urethra or stomach when the bladder does not function as it should. Although it can sound overwhelming at first, occasional catching is a simple method that can be performed every day by individuals of all ages, on their own.
Male catheters are usually 16 inches long, but they accommodate a wide range of anatomies in many sizes. A straight, regular insertion tip is used in most catheters. Some men, however, have trouble moving catheters with straight tips. This is generally attributed to conditions such as an enlarged prostate or urethral structure. Your doctor may urge you to use a coudé-tip catheter in cases like this.
Straight Male Catheters
Straight intermittent catheters are often referred to as uncoated catheters because before placement, they require manual lubrication. The majority of individuals use sterile lubricating jelly single-use packets. Others prefer different and more comprehensive lubricating jelly tubes, which we also supply.
These are also sold as pocket catheters, which can be quietly tucked into your pocket for easy carrying and come in a curved or U-shaped box.
Male Catheters Pre-lubricated and Hydrophilic
Except for one feature, hydrophilic catheters are identical to straight catheters, except for their hydrophilic coating. This coating becomes a lubrication when triggered by water. In other words, from beginning to end, it gets super slippery for a more relaxed and smoother catheterization.
Manual operation of the hydrophilic coating by the included water packet is necessary for some types of hydrophilic catheters. Certain hydrophilic catheters, as soon as you open the box, are pre-hydrated and ready to use.
Pre-lubricated male catheters don’t need additional lubricating jelly, much like hydrophilic catheters. As soon as you open the packaging, pre-lubricated catheters are ready for use.
In their packaging, most hydrophilic and pre-lubricated intermittent catheters provide a no-touch handling sleeve to allow the user to handle the catheter more effectively without touching the tube itself. This eliminates the risk of your hands transferring bacteria.
Advantages of Hydrophilic Catheters
- Less mess
- Simple to use
- Reduce risk of infection, with touchless catheterization.
- Easy to transport
Closed System Catheters for Men
A closed system catheter features a pre-lubricated or hydrophilic male longitude catheter housed in its own self-contained sterile collection bag, also known as a touchless or no-touch catheter. For flying, this makes it perfect. People in wheelchairs most often prefer closed device catheter kits because they do not have to move to a toilet or find a receptacle to drain into. With a closed catheter device, you have anonymity, and you can self-catheterize.
Catheter insertion supplies such as gloves, an underpad, and an antiseptic wipe are sometimes included in closed system catheter kits. To further reduce the risk of bacterial infection, most closed systems often feature soft pre-lubricated introducer tips.